By now you're probably beginning to think that all we eat around here are hor d'oeuvres. And now that you mention it, we do seem to eat them quite often. Most of our parties begin with an appetizer or two and sometimes we just make several different hor d'oeurves and and call it dinner.
But with New Years coming up this week, I thought I'd throw in just one more appetizer in case you were thinking of serving hor d'oeuvres for New Years or needed some ideas for something to make for a football party.
And I have to say that these little cigars are really really good. I got the idea from a Rachael Ray recipe, which actually wasn't very good. She called them chicken cigars and made them with ground chicken breast, but they were dry and fairly flavorless. But I liked the idea and began experimenting with ingredients and adding the feta cheese and artichoke hearts turned them from bland to delectable! But it's important to use a creamy feta cheese here. If you can't find one, you can substitute another cheese, like Gouda might be good.
One more thing...these really aren't hard to make. If you've never worked with phyllo dough, just follow the directions on the package for thawing. There are usually like 25 sheets or something rolled up in there. I just take off what I need and re-freeze the rest. But phyllo sheets dry out quickly, so keep them covered when you're not using them.
Then just take a third of the filling and form a log on the long edge of the layered sheets...
Roll up tightly.
Cut into cigars.
Eat. Go back for more.
Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray
1 1/3 lbs ground turkey (not turkey breast)
1 small onion (or ½ large), chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper
1 pkg frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and run through the food processor
2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves,
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled (from a block of feta)
6 sheets phyllo dough6 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Place ground turkey in a bowl and mix with spices, artichokes and parsley. Lay out a sheet of phyllo dough, brush on a little butter and top with a second sheet. Butter the top sheet and then divide the chicken into thirds.
Form a 1-inch thick log the length of the long side of the phyllo dough. Roll the log in phyllo tightly. Brush with a little more butter and cut into 2-inch “cigars".
Place the cut cigars on a baking sheet sprayed with Pam and bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden. Serve warm.